Thursday, November 20, 2008

Philip Yancey on 'healthy church'

At Christianity Today, Philip Yancey wrote about his 3 "diagnostics" of a healthy church. It's diversity, unity, and missional. His quoting of William Temple is the highlight for me: The church is the only cooperative society in the world that exists for the benefit of its non-members.

What then is an 'unhealthy' church?

I think a church is unhealthy if it, as an organization, sues another Christian organization for whatever reason. Legal battle within the body of Christ is not only awkward, it's a major defeat to the whole body.

Second, a church is unhealthy when it does not go along with the time and culture. Kar Yong shared to me just now, a church is 'counter-culture' only in the sense of not changing its message; disallow Jesus' gospel to be compromised by cultures. Church must ever be alert to new methods.

Third, you tell me.

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